If you’re close to graduation and you’re interested in finding yourself a college job, having a polished and well-written resume is definitely a must! This is essential in getting that perfect summer job for you so you can make a little extra before starting college.
Here is an easy guide on how to create a resume, especially if you don’t have much information about how to start a resume:
Try searching for sample resumes online or better yet, ask for some sample resumes from adults that you may know – you can use these as guides in starting your resume. Basically your resume should include content about yourself such as your full name, birthday, address, contact number, educational background, seminars (if necessary or relevant to job), achievements, skills and work experience. Most students are afraid that they lack work experience because they haven’t had any. It doesn’t necessarily mean that if the work experience is empty that you aren’t efficient in getting a job!
A major rule is to be honest! Don’t make up work experience because if you do get caught, you’re most likely not going to get the job and also be called a dishonest person. Remember that a resume is not a work history. It is a chance to show employers that you have the necessary skills to be competent for the job.
Here is a guide in your resume content:
- Heading: The heading should include your name, mailing address, contact number and email address. If you have a professional website you can also include this if you feel it is needed for more information about yourself. Before choosing any job, make sure that it is a safe and legitimate company.
- Education background: In this area, list down all the schools that you have finished. Include the dates that you started and graduated. You can also include your special learning experiences and also certifications that you have obtained. If you have completed a thesis, you can also mention this briefly. If you are yet to earn a degree, you can add this with the anticipated date of graduation. (Example: Bachelor of Business Administration, Expected May 2014)
- Objective: In this section, you should write one to two sentences that describe your goals for the position.
- Work or Training Experience: Make sure that you describe only previous jobs that have a direct effect on your qualifications for the current position. If you don’t have work history, don’t force it. You can also include training experience that should also be related to your current position.
- Skills: Try spending more time in the section because it should be the part where the employer’s attention is drawn. You may include your skills on the computer (include a specific software or program that you are able to work with), foreign languages that you can speak fluently in and also creative skills. Read over the job description to let it inspire you once again and find more skills about yourself that are relevant to the job. Don’t copy what is on their list, but just use it as inspiration for your resume.
- Honors, awards and achievements: This is an area that you don’t have to include. But it really depends on you. It could be used to “fill up” empty space and could also highlight your special achievements. It is always good to include academic awards because they do show your diligence and hard work especially in school which could say a lot about your personality.
- Activities and Special Interests: Then again, this is also another “filler” of empty space. It could be useful to show intangible skills that you have such as leadership and excellent communication skills. You can include the club or group that you feel like is relevant to the job you’re applying for, but don’t mention every single one because it could bore the employer. Consider the impressive roles that you have done for your group or club.
Do intensive research on how you want your resume to look. Remember that the employer may have dozens and dozens of resumes to choose from, so make sure that your resume stands out from all the rest. You can search for templates online and change it up into your style, however here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Your resume should just be one page and single-sided.
- Keep your resume clean with a simple font.
- Print it out in black ink and on white paper. Make sure that your photo is colored and your most recent picture.
- Edit at least three times. Maybe even four or five!
- Double, triple and even quadruple check your spelling and grammatical errors. Even if your resume can’t be perfect, it should be so close to it that it could look flawless to employers reading it.
- Before sending in or passing your resume in, double check every single section and make sure that it describes YOU. The real you.
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Author: Lois Weldon is writer at uk.bestdissertation.com. She lives happily in London with her husband and lovely daughter. Adores writing tips for students. Passionate about Star Wars and yoga.